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Peter Hickman confirmed for Isle of Man TT bow in June

British Superbike contender Peter Hickman will make his Isle of Man TT debut this year on BMW machinery for Paul Shoesmith's Ice Valley team
Experienced British Superbike Championship contender Peter Hickman will make his debut at the Isle of Man TT in June.

Hickman will ride a BMW S1000RR in the Dainese Superbike, Royal London 360 Superstock and Pokerstars Senior races for the Ice Valley by Motorsave team, which is owned and run by fellow competitor Paul Shoesmith.

Born in Burton upon Trent but now living in Louth, Hickman has visited the TT in recent years, studying the course in preparation for his debut.

His father Dave won the 1977 Lightweight Manx Grand Prix and was a British Championship regular in the late 1970s.

He has since become a highly respected mechanic and engineer in the BSB paddock and was also a key member of the Norton Rotary set-up, remaining with the team in its various guises from 1988-1994.

Looking ahead to his debut, Hickman said: “The TT has been on my radar for a while now when the opportunity came up with Paul Shoesmith I jumped at it.

“I've already met up with the rider liaison officers Milky Quayle and Johnny Barton on the Isle of Man and their advice has been invaluable and I'll be using the next few months to make sure that I get as much preparation in as possible before I make my debut.”

Last year, top BSB rider Josh Brookes made his debut at the TT and became the fastest newcomer in the history of the event with a lap well in excess of 127mph.

Martin Jessopp is also set to make his Mountain Course bow this year, while former 125cc and Moto3 Grand Prix prospect Danny Webb will ride at the event for the first time for Northern Ireland team owner Ryan Farquhar.

Hickman made the step up to the BSB series in 2006 with Stuart Hicken's Hawk Kawasaki squad.

After two seasons in the country's premier series, Hickman returned to the British Superstock class in 2008 and took three podiums to claim an excellent third overall behind Steve Brogan and Jon Kirkham for Ultimate Racing.

He switched back to BSB where he sealed second in the 2009 Privateer's Cup with an impressive 20 podiums from 26 races.

Hickman has remained in BSB ever since, enjoying his best year to date in 2011 with ninth overall on the Quay Garage/Tyco Honda, finishing second at Thruxton and claiming 16 top ten results along the way.

In 2012 he started out with MSS Bathams Kawasaki but, after taking a brilliant ninth in the second World Superbike race at Donington Park for Crescent Suzuki, he moved to Buildbase BMW for the second half of the season.

Last year Hickman finished 11th overall as part of Lloyd's British GBMoto Honda team.



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